What is Eczema?

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Eczema is a condition where skin develops red, itchy, dry, rough, inflamed patches.  Eczema often begins in childhood.  In children under 2 years of age, eczema commonly presents on scalp and cheeks.  Blisters may occur.  In children over 2 years old, eczema is typically found in the creases of skin behind the ears, folds of the elbows, or behind the knees.  Rashes can become bumpy, thick, and change in color (light to dark).  Half of children experiencing eczema will continue to have symptoms into adulthood.  In adults, rashes will still be found in creases of skin, may present on the face and around the eyes, may become bumpy, will increasingly itch, and may be more scaly in nature. 

What can be done to treat eczema?

While eczema is not dangerous to overall health and not contagious, symptoms can certainly interrupt daily quality of life.  People suffering from eczema will commonly have flare-ups.  Flare-ups, or increase in symptoms, can occur when exposed to environmental or dietary triggers.  Smoke, pollen, nuts, and dairy are common triggers of eczema.  Eczema is not curable, but symptoms can be managed.  Restoring skin’s barrier function will greatly decrease flare-ups and relieve symptoms.  The outer most layer of the skin is a natural barrier between you and the environment.  When this barrier is disrupted, toxins and microbes can enter the skin and cause inflammation, and moisture can exit leaving the skin dry.  Rubbing and scratching at the affected area causes the inflammation to increase and soon the skin becomes red, dry, and rough.  Once the skin is in this damaged condition, the cycle of inflammation, damage, and itching continues, creating an inflammatory cascade.  Barrier function can be disturbed by using harsh soaps resulting in changing your skin’s intended pH level.  Barrier function can be disrupted by losing the natural moisturizing factors that lubricate the skin cells and prevent toxins from entering.  The first step in treatment is to restore the barrier function, then the skin can heal.  Using a pH-balancing wash and hydrating skin with a lotion fortified with Tamanu Oil, Oregon Grape, Salicylic Acid, and Calendula as a daily routine will help calm the skin during a flare-up, reduce the inflammation, and heal the skin so no scarring occurs.  Beauty Leaf’s Facial Wash and Body Wash both restore the skin’s natural pH level.  Healing Lotion contains ingredients to calm the skin, restore barrier function, and promote healing.